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Opting out of sharing of medical data - deadline

There have been posts on social media with false information about requiring patients to opt out of allowing their data to be shared data with the NHS by a deadline, after which the data can be sold.

This is not correct, the data will not be sold.

Please see attached leaflet by clicking on this link   Sharing patient data which explains how patient data is used within the NHS and how you can opt out if you feel that is appropriate for you.

Opting out

If you don’t want your identifiable patient data to be shared for purposes except for your own care, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out or a National Data Opt-out, or both. These opt-outs are different and they are explained in more detail below. Your individual care will not be affected if you opt-out using either option.

Type 1 Opt-out (opting out of NHS Digital collecting your data)

The NHS will not collect data from GP practices about patients who have registered a Type 1 Opt-out with their practice. More information about Type 1 Opt-outs is in our GP Data for Planning and Research Transparency Notice, including a form that you can complete and send to your GP practice.

This collection has now been delayed and will not  start on 1 July 2021 so you have plenty of time to register your opt out if you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital 

If you register a Type 1 Opt-out after this collection has started, no more of your data will be shared with us. We will however still hold the patient data which was shared with us before you registered the Type 1 Opt-out.

If you do not want NHS Digital to share your identifiable patient data with anyone else for purposes beyond your own care, then you can also register a National Data Opt-out.

National Data Opt-out (opting out of NHS Digital sharing your data)

The NHS will collect data from GP medical records about patients who have registered a National Data Opt-out. The National Data Opt-out applies to identifiable patient data about your health, which is called confidential patient information.

NHS Digital won’t share any confidential patient information about you - this includes GP data, or other data we hold, such as hospital data - with other organisations, unless there is an exemption to this.

To find out more information and how to register a National Data Opt-Out, please read our GP Data for Planning and Research Transparency Notice

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We have recently joined with Portishead Medical Group / Harbourside Family Practice / and Heywood Family Practice  to work together as Gordano Valley Primary Care Network (PCN).

 We have formed this new PCN to help join up health and social care between the four practices and improve our patients’ physical health, mental health and social wellbeing.

 We were previously part of Gordano and Mendip PCN but we made the decision to become two PCNs on 1 April 2021 to better serve the needs of our local populations. 



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